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Mudslide kills 26 and leaves 600 missing IN Guatemala
« on: October 03, 2015, 12:30:13 PM »

At least 26 people have been killed and 36 injured in a mudslide following the collapse of a hillside in Guatemala. Hundreds are still missing as rescue crews continue to search for survivors in homes buried under dirt and rock.

The mudslide occurred late on 1 October (Thursday) after heavy rains lashed the town of Santa Catarina Pinula causing the disaster in the village of El Cambray Dos, 15 km east of Guatemala City. Alejandro Maldonado, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Coordination (CONRED) in Guatemala, told a news conference that as many as 600 could still be missing after the disaster hit 125 homes. Maldonado said the estimate of the missing was based on the number of homes destroyed by the landslide.

Scores of rescue workers searched until nightfall to recover bodies from heaps of destroyed walls, beds and furniture churned up in the landslide. Rescuers called off the search late on 2 October because rains made it dangerous for emergency crews. The search will resume once the situation improves. Guatemalan media reported that municipal fire-fighters and volunteers could hear voices from those trapped by the landslide. Relatives of those trapped have also been receiving calls and texts from them.


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